Rosario Dawson readies new installments of Occult Crimes Taskforce

Fans of the Rosario Dawson-produced graphic novel Occult Crimes Taskforce need only wait until this summer for a new episode of the 12-Gauge comic series, which Dawson co-writes. The series has been on hold pending completion of a new miniseries.

"I think we're going to have a preview book that we're going to put out at San Diego Comic-Con," Dawson said in a group interview on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where she was promoting the indie film Explicit Ills. "That'll have some stuff from the miniseries, and eventually, hopefully, we'll be able to put that out, hopefully by next year."

The new adventure of O.C.T. officer Sophia Ortiz, who bears a striking resemblance to Dawson, is already written. It's the free artist labor that is holding things up.

"We have a miniseries that we wrote over a year ago that we're still getting done," Dawson said. "Our artist does all the art from cover to cover, and it's not something, obviously, we're getting paid to do. It's a real love passion kind of project."

With Dawson's Hollywood connections, an O.C.T. movie could be in the works, too. Originally, Dimension Films optioned the comic, but Dawson is looking for a new studio home.

"We are in the process of ascertaining the rights back from Dimension and taking it possibly someplace else," Dawson said. "We're developing it. We had it with Dimension. We're starting to see about taking it someplace else. We've got writers that we really like. It's about green-lighting a picture right now. The more y'all talk about it, the more possible it'll be, so help me out a little bit."

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